Well realized biopic about the artist better known as Tom of Finland and his impact on the emerging queer culture internationally in the sixties and seventies. The film might have been better served in concentrating on a more focused piece of time or with a longer runtime as its ambition does outweigh its achievements. Pekka Strong captures the artist quite well but supporting cast are mostly cyphers.
A bit of the man, some art, a little background, an impatient timeline... Karukoski surveys a bitty middle path which crams in too much (1980s AIDS crisis sampled in five minutes). Not conventional bio-pic nor Scorpio Rising envisioned by Crumb; it worthily falls between these two stools or more accurately stalls, in the US sense, which indicates in which punchier direction the engorged bikers should have swung.
Bon petit biopic poignant et esthétiquement réussi, qui rend bien valeur au personnage qu'est Tom of Finland. On aurait pu tomber dans le mélodrame abusif, mais les scènes touchantes sont bien balancées avec un humour dosé et efficace. Le maquillage des personnages est réussi: Plus ils sont vieux, plus ils ont l'air vieux.
I have to say I'm extremely surprised how this turned out. My experience with Finnish films has been far from stellar, but here everything just clicked. Great performances throughout, particularly from Strang, who was perfect as Touko, and Tilkanen with his sad and twinkling eyes. Inevitably sad in parts, but also very funny and ends in a happy and hopeful note. 100-year-old Finland has come far.